The day after and before

Children in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida singing for Easter, 1945, Dora Taylor Album

Now, in 2013, concerned scientists study the endangered earth and some have concluded that there is no hope.  But yesterday I learned from Ken Robinson, a philosopher  and educator on YouTube who said with humor that we need not be concerned for the earth.  He cited the longivity of the earth and assured us that we need not worry about the earth for the earth will take care of itself.  The earth will simply rid itself of the humanity that has been poisoning it.  Without the rape done by humanity, the earth will endure.

Yet this morning I discovered another scientific twist.  For the past 100 years we have killed many species to the point of extinction i.e.   the last one of a species is dead.  Now, Steward Brand is lecturing on The Dawn of de-extinction.  Scientists around the world are taking DNA from the scattered materials taken from the remnants of extinct creatures and hope to use them to return to existence the now extinct birds and animals to renew health to the earth.

Allow the Old Fool to speculate on this one day after good Friday and before Easter.  What if when Jesus died his kind became extinct.  Is their enough of the DNA of Jesus in the churches, institutions, and para-church organizations to collect and de-extinct the Living Word of God, the only hope of the world?  Perhaps some of His DNA can be recalled from other religions, or from an athiest.

Today, the day between Good Friday and Easter, robins are gathering nesting material from our lawn in Goshen, Indiana.   The robins must believe that when their hatch-lings break the shell of the eggs that have fostered them, there will be earthworms in the warmed earth to feed them.   

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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